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For the latest Woollahra Council news, browse the list of current news items below.

Other community news may also be sourced from local media including The Wentworth Courier, Eastern Suburbs Life, Latté Life and Eastside Radio 89.7FM.

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City2Surf 2017 road closures and clearways

Published: 20 July 2017

Road closures and special event clearways will be in place throughout the Sydney CBD and the Eastern Suburbs on Sunday 13 August 2016 for the annual City2Surf fun run.

The 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is now open

Published: 5 July 2017

Australia's richest art prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, is now open until Wednesday 30 August 2017.

Weed Management Legislation is Changing

Published: 30 June 2017

The NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 was passed by Parliament in September 2015 and comes into effect 1 July 2017. It replaces the NSW Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017

Published: 30 June 2017

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan was adopted by Council on 26 June 2017 and the final plan can now be viewed on our website.  

Local Government Elections 2017 - UPDATE

Published: 2 June 2017

On Saturday 9 September 2017 the election of Councillors for Woollahra Municipal Council will take place.

NSW Government places the Fire and Emergency Services Levy on hold

Published: 25 May 2017

The NSW Government has announced that they will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to ensure small to medium businesses do not face an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State's fire and emergency services.

Street Weed Control Program

Published: 22 May 2017

Council will be commencing our regular weed eradication program around footpaths, kerbs and laneways in Paddington and Woollahra on Monday 22 May 2017.

Woollahra Council granted High Court appeal

Published: 12 May 2017

The High Court has accepted Woollahra Council’s application for an appeal against proposed forced amalgamation.

Free garden mulch available to residents

Published: 13 April 2017

Did you know that Woollahra Council provides FREE garden mulch to residents? 

It is available for collection from the Gunyah carpark in Watsons Bay.  

Woollahra Council's High Court appeal application proceeds to hearing

Published: 30 March 2017

Woollahra Council has received confirmation from the High Court that its special leave appeal application will proceed to an oral hearing, to be heard on May 12 in Canberra, with the hope this will lead to a full High Court appeal.

Outrage at NSW Government's double standards on mergers

Published: 14 February 2017

Woollahra Council is outraged by today’s announcement by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian that the forced merger of regional councils will be called off, while mergers for city councils – including Woollahra – will go ahead.

Have your say on draft district plans and 'Towards our Greater Sydney 2056'

Published: 3 February 2017

The Greater Sydney Commission is calling on local residents to review and provide feedback on the draft district plans and their planning document 'Towards our Greater Sydney 2056'.

Council receives Court of Appeal judgement

Published: 22 December 2016

Woollahra Council is seeking further legal advice after receiving an unfavourable judgement in the Court of Appeal today in relation to the NSW Government's forced amalgamation proposal.

Construction begins on Woollahra's first synthetic sports field

Published: 15 December 2016

Construction is underway at Woollahra Oval No. 1 to install Woollahra's first synthetic sports field.

Sponsorship opportunities

Published: 14 December 2016

Woollahra Libraries is seeking sponsorship for 2017 cultural event.

Street Weed Control Program

Published: 17 November 2016

Council will be commencing our regular weed eradication program around footpaths, kerbs and laneways in Paddington and Woollahra on Monday 12 December 2016.

Extraordinary Council Meeting - 8.00am 3 November

Published: 2 November 2016

Woollahra Municipal Council will be holding an extraordinary Council meeting at 8.00am on Thursday 3 November.

The extraordinary meeting will deal with 1A Guilfoyle Avenue, Double Bay (Double Bay European Festival).

If the rescission motion is successful then a Notice of Motion will then be considered regarding the Festival which is being held on Sunday 6 November 2016.

Extraordinary Council Meeting Agenda

Expressions of interest now open for 2017 Neighbour Day celebrations

Published: 20 October 2016

Woollahra Council is encouraging local community groups to host a Neighbour Day celebration in March 2017. Applications are now open to receive funding up to $300.

Applications are open for the NSW Governments 2017 Local Sport Grant Program

Published: 17 October 2016

The NSW Governments 2017 Local Sport Grant Program offers small grants for local sport group projects with $50,000 for each electorate. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 11 November 2016.

2017 Woollahra Citizenship Awards - Call for nominations

Published: 7 October 2016

Do you know a community hero? The 2017 Woollahra Citizenship Awards are now open for nomination until Monday 31 October 2016.

Councillor Toni Zeltzer re-elected as Mayor & Councillor Susan Wynne re-elected Deputy Mayor.

Published: 27 September 2016

Councillor Toni Zeltzer was re-elected as the Mayor of Woollahra at the Mayoral election held on Monday 26 September 2016. Councillor Susan Wynne was re-elected as the Deputy Mayor of Woollahra.

Parsley Bay swimming enclosure reopened to the public

Published: 23 September 2016

The swimming enclosure at Parsley Bay has been reopened to the public.

Problems in the sewerage network have been identified and resolved by Sydney Water and recent water tests show that the water is safe for swimming.

Council will continue to monitor the water conditions.

Local Government elections for the Woollahra Municipality deferred until 2017

Published: 5 September 2016

As Woollahra is subject to a merger proposal with Randwick and Waverley Councils, elections for the Woollahra municipality will NOT be held this September.

Broadleaf Weed Control Program

Published: 29 July 2016

Council is preparing to undertake its annual broadleaf weed eradication program at parks, reserves and sportsfields throughout the Woollahra municipality. Treatment will commence on Tuesday 16 August 2016 (weather permitting).

Cross Street Car Park Cinema Proposal - Public Briefing Paper

Published: 26 July 2016

Woollahra Council has selected Palace Cinemas, in a consortium with Built and Axiom Properties Ltd, as the preferred proponent for the potential redevelopment of Council’s Cross Street Double Bay Car Park.

City2Surf 2016 road closures and clearways

Published: 12 July 2016

Road closures and special event clearways will be in place throughout the Sydney CBD and the Eastern Suburbs on Sunday 14 August 2016 for the annual City2Surf.

UPDATE: Swimming conditions at Parsley Bay and Watsons Bay Baths

Published: 23 June 2016

Parsley Bay
Swimming is not recommended.

Problems in the network have been identified and resolved, however water pollution levels indicate that an additional issue is present. Sydney Water are continuing to investigate.

Watsons Bay Baths
Swimming is not recommended.

The baths are closed due to significant storm damage.

All other designated swimming locations are open.

Double Bay
Sydney Water is completing some maintenance works to the wastewater network, whilst this area is not a designated swimming location, signs have been installed to advise that works are undergoing.

General Advice

Swimming is not recommended in Harbour Beaches for at least 3 days after rain.

Swimmers are advised to avoid swimming where signs of pollution are visible. Please check the Beachwatch website for information on pollution likelihood.

Regular swimmers can sign up for daily bulletins from Beachwatch.

For further information, please contact Woollahra Council on 9391 7000.

Federal Election - 2 July 2016

Published: 23 June 2016

To find out more about voting and polling locations for the upcoming federal election on the 2nd July, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission.

Lyne Park, Rose Bay - Seawall Reconstruction - Stage two

Published: 31 May 2016

Stage two is now ready for construction and will commence on Thursday 2 June.  It will start at the end of the Sydney Seaplanes Terminal and extend for approximately 60 lineal metres.

Important Boat Trailer Parking Change

Published: 23 May 2016

From 1 July 2016 boat trailers will no longer be permitted to park on any public road or land for longer than 28 days within the Woollahra Council Area.

Double Bay Library is moving!

Published: 20 April 2016

The Double Bay Library and the Local History Centre are now closed, while we relocate to our exciting new library in the main shopping hub of Double Bay. The new library is expected to open at the end of May.

Paddington Library Mural Project

Published: 19 April 2016

Following the recent refurbishment of the Paddington Library, Woollahra Council is inviting artists to submit designs for a vibrant, fun and engaging mural for the children’s section of the library.

Small Business Friendly Councils

Published: 12 April 2016

Woollahra Municipal Council is proud to be 'small business friendly' as part of the state-wide initiative, The Small Business Friendly Councils Program.

Little Things Art Competition 2016

Published: 10 April 2016

Artists are invited to submit creative expressions of the ‘Little Things’ that make them happy or feel grateful. As well as inspiring community creative engagement, the finalists exhibition will be a celebration of the artwork displayed and a shared positive experience.

2016 Citizenship Awards

Published: 21 March 2016

Congratulations to 2016 Citizen of the Year Award winner Isabelle Shapiro. Read more about Isabelle and the other 2016 award recipients.

Amended Meeting Schedule for February 2016

Published: 16 February 2016

Commencement Time
Monday 22 February 2016 *
Strategic and Corporate Committee Meeting
Monday 22 February 2016 ** Extraordinary Council Meeting
At the conclusion of tde Strategic and Corporate Committee Meeting
Monday 29 February 2016 *** Urban Planning Committee Meeting


Monday 29 February 2016 *** Community and Environment Committee Meeting
Monday 29 February 2016 *** Ordinary Council Meetings

*The Strategic and Corporate Committee Meeting has been scheduled in order for Council to consider its submission to the Merger Proposal Public Enquiry. The submission period closes on Thursday 28 February 2016.

**The Extraordinary Council Meeting has been scheduled in order to allow Full Council to consider tde submission and resolve the content of the submission.

***The Meetings now being held on Monday 29 February were originally scheduled for Monday 22 February 2016. The times for the committee meetings and the Ordinary Council Meeting are the same as originally intended for Monday 22 February 2016.

Yarranabbe Park welcomes Sea's Nest

Published: 12 February 2016

Yarranabbe Park in Rushcutters Bay is now home to a new public artwork titled ‘Sea’s Nest’.

Street Weed Control Program

Published: 11 January 2016

We will be commencing our regular weed eradication program around footpaths, kerbs and laneways in Paddington and Woollahra on Wednesday 27 January 2016.

Water quality of Woollahra's beaches rated good and very good in recent NSW State of the Beaches report

Published: 9 October 2015

The water quality of Woollahra’s beaches and swimming locations have all received grades of good and very good in the recent State of the Beaches Report (2014-15) released by the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize winner announced

Published: 9 October 2015

The 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Australia’s pre-eminent national prize for small sculpture – has been awarded to..

General information on swooping magpies

Published: 22 September 2015

Swooping magpies is normal defensive behaviour during breeding season and may last up to 6 weeks.

Mayoral election - Councillor Toni Zeltzer returned as Mayor

Published: 22 September 2015

Councillor Toni Zeltzer was re-elected as the Mayor of Woollahra at the Mayoral election held on Monday 21 September 2015. Councillor Susan Wynne was elected as the Deputy Mayor of Woollahra.

Woollahra Council and community united on position to stand-alone and oppose forced amalgamation

Published: 30 June 2015

Council has finalised and submitted its Fit for the Future report to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Reduce your Energy Bills with 'The 10% Challenge'

Published: 22 June 2015

Woollahra Council has jumped on board to support a new initiative aimed at reducing household energy usage and bills.

Woollahra residents support Fit for the Future fight

Published: 21 May 2015

Woollahra residents have delivered their verdict on the subject of amalgamation, expressing a clear preference that Woollahra remains a stand-alone council in an independent survey.

Council to consider Draft Woollahra DCP 2014

Published: 16 April 2015

A meeting of the Strategic & Corporate Committee will be held on Thursday 23 April to consider the public exhibition and approval of the Draft Woollahra Development Control Plan 2014.

Share your views on council amalgamation

Published: 18 March 2015

The State Government is calling for Woollahra to consider amalgamation as part of its Fit for the Future reforms. Council believes it should stand alone, now we want to know what you think.

More time for pool owners to meet new requirements

Published: 9 March 2015

New rules being introduced by the State Government requiring swimming pools to have a certificate of compliance have been delayed until 29 April 2016.

Woollahra celebrates its top citizens

Published: 23 February 2015

Former Woollahra Mayor Christopher Dawson has been acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to the Woollahra municipality, named 2015 Citizen of the Year.

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